Michigan Fires Back at HSUS over its Wolf Management

By Glen Wunderlich

Long before animals had lawyers representing a small segment of society that values the lives of animals above humans, man existed by hunting.  In fact, there are millions of traditional rural Americans that, in essence, hunt to subsidize their existence today.  As a sportsman, I am among them. 

Predictably, the leading anti-hunting organization in the world, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), based in Washington, DC and not connected to our local shelters, has ridden its gravy train into our small town with a plea to now save Michigan’s wolves from extinction by aid of petition – even though in the history of regulated hunting, no animal species has ever been in peril, as a result.   

Their leaders, Wayne Pacelle and Mike Markarian have a plan for Michigan, and it doesn’t involve our wildlife biologists and scientists; it does involve suing us, however. 

These extremists have a dream inconspicuously absent in a recent Argus-Press editorial:  Wolf delisting isn’t based on best available science, by Mke Markarian, of The Humane Society Legislative Fund.  So, sharing their vision for America is my pleasure.  Read more

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes to Delist Gray Wolf Population Nationwide

Washington, DC –  June 7, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally announced its proposal to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list throughout the lower 48 states (with the exception of the Mexican wolf population). The FWS’s monumental decision recognizes the gray wolf’s recovery resulting from state wildlife management and the participation of the hunting community.  This achievement in conservation demonstrates the impact of successful science based efforts across the country.  Read more

SCI’s Arguments Win Minnesota Wolf Case

GW:  …the Court found that the groups merely disagreed with the legislature’s policy of allowing wolf harvests…And, that’s what happens when you come to conclusions based on feelings.

Washington, D.C. – Based on arguments presented by Safari Club International (SCI) the Minnesota Court of Appeals has dismissed a legal challenge to Minnesota’s wolf harvest. The Court ruled that the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Howling for Wolves failed to show their members were harmed by the process used by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to establish the state’s wolf season. Read more

Wolves, Science and Emotion

By Glen Wunderlich

When it comes to wildlife management, common sense dictates that such matters are best left to states’ control as opposed to that of federal agencies.  But, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) doesn’t agree and will stop at nothing to further its agenda against hunting and has filed a federal lawsuit to drag us all into the mud, once again.  This time around, its focus is on Michigan’s wolves. Read more

How Michigan’s Wildlife Management is Undermined

This from Michigan United Conservation Clubs…

Contact: Tony Hansen, Chief Information Officer; thansen@mucc.org 269-420-9510

Statement from MUCC Executive Director Erin McDonough On Anti-Hunter’s Petition Collection Process

“We are not surprised that the group ‘Keep Wolves Protected’ was successful at purchasing the signatures required for a ballot referendum with funds provided by the anti-hunting organization, Humane Society of the United States. We are, however, saddened by the waste of resources expended by a group that claims to support wildlife in an effort that will ultimately delay science-based management of wolves,” said Erin McDonough, Executive Director of MUCC. “The coalition and Washington-based HSUS have openly boasted about the fact that they would spend between $3 and $6 per signature to obtain the necessary signatures in an effort to force their agenda on the people of Michigan. As true conservationists, we see that as a tremendous waste of resources that could have been put to use to actually help aid conservation efforts, improve habitat and ultimately make a real difference for wildlife.” Read more

Montana Releases Wolf Numbers, RMEF Calls for Proper Management

MISSOULA, Mont.-The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintained its call for the science-based management of wolves as Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) released its 2012 estimate of the state’s wolf population. FWP reports there are a minimum of 625 wolves in Montana, which amounts to a four percent drop since the last count in December 2011 and equates to a wolf population remaining well above the state’s management objective. Read more

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